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Undergraduate Course: Atomic and Molecular Physics (PHYS10026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website WebCT Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe first half of this course deals principally with atomic structure and the interaction between atoms and fields. It covers electronic transitions, atomic spectra, excited states, hydrogenic and multi-electron atoms. The second half of the course deals with the binding of atoms into molecules, molecular degrees of freedom (electronic, vibrational, and rotational), elementary group theory considerations and molecular spectroscopy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Quantum Mechanics (PHYS09017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Quantum Mechanics (PHYS09053)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that a student will be able to:

1)discuss the relativistic corrections for the energy levels of the hydrogen atom and their effect on optical spectra
2)derive the energy shifts due to these corrections using first order perturbation theory.
3)state and explain the key properties of many electron atoms and the importance of the Pauli exclusion principle
4)explain the observed dependence of atomic spectral lines on externally applied electric and magnetic fields
5)discuss the importance of group theory in molecular physics
6)state the formal properties of groups, characters and irreducible representations
7)state and justify the selection rules for various optical spectroscopies in terms of the symmetries of molecular vibrations
8)demonstrate a grasp of bonding types in molecules
Assessment Information
Degree Examination, 100%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Section 1: Electron Nuclear interactions
* Hydrogen atom review
* Degeneracy
* Spin-orbit coupling and fine structure
* Hyperfine interactions
* Spectral consequences of fine structure

Section 2: Electron┐ electron interactions
* Indistinguishability of particles
* Coupled angular momentum
* Pauli Exclusion Principle
* Exchange interaction
* Helium energy levels
* Coulomb/exchange integrals
* Degeneracy
* Alkali metal energy levels

Section 3: Atom - field Interactions
* Dipole transitions
* Normal and Anomalous Zeeman Effect
* Lande g-factor
* Spectral consequences of applied fields
* Stark Effect

Section 4: Atom - atom Interactions
* Bonding: Van der Waals, covalency
* New degrees of freedom rotations and vibrations
* Molecular electronic spectra
* Experimental probes Raman and infrared spectroscopy
* Selection rules
* Applications of symmetry and group theory: definitions/properties, representations applications to selection rules
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserProf Jason Crain
Tel: (0131 6)50 5265
Course secretaryMrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
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